It amazed and thrilled patrons of the former Riverside, Rhode Island amusement park from 1962 to 1978. Everyone has their favorite memory of this iconic dark ride, but here are ten behind the scenes facts you may not know. 1. A pool hall and bowling alley were demolished for the Riverboat’s construction in 1962. Circled… Continue reading 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Crescent Park’s Riverboat dark ride!
The year 1963 was a big one for Rocky Point Park. Not only did it open the Castle of Terror dark ride, but almost directly across from it, the dark ride Jungleland debuted. Jungleland only lasted six years, but its back story is a fascinating one. So let’s bungle in the jungle, if we may.… Continue reading Jungled up at Rocky Point Park
What was one of the most popular names for dark rides in the 20th Century? If you Rocky Point Park fans guessed House of Horrors, you’re wrong! From about 1930 to 1960, Laff In The Dark was one of the most popular if not THE most popular name for dark rides. And before Rocky Point… Continue reading Having a good LAFF at Rocky Point Park
His palace was mysterious, yet alluring, set back from the joyful glow of the midway. Those who dared to explore his residence had to first navigate their way through dark caves, not knowing what fate awaited them as they approached the palace gates. Bluebeard’s Palace was a haunted walkthrough believed to have been installed at… Continue reading Bluebeard’s Rocky Point residency
The scores of people who have explored the Remembering Rocky Point Park exhibition so far have experienced the ultimate memory machine – bringing their thoughts back to the fun they experienced at the former Warwick, RI park which closed in 1996. Same holds true for me, yet it was the exhibition’s small details that triggered… Continue reading Seeing is believing at Remembering Rocky Point Park exhibition
It may have not been in your top five list of favorite rides at Rocky Point Park, but your experience on the bumper cars had to be one of the most memorable. Where else could you purposely slam into another motorist and not see a claim filed against your insurer? It’s certain that much of… Continue reading Crunch time at Rocky Point Park!
As construction of the new pier at Rocky Point State Park nears completion, let’s take a look back at the vital role that piers, wharfs and docks played at the former Rocky Point amusement park over the decades. Rocky Point’s first wharf was installed in about 1850, some three years after the park opened. When… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Pier Group
Throughout a good part of its run from 1847 to 1996, Rocky Point Park hosted an amusement park staple known as the Whip. If you missed out on riding the Whip before it was removed sometime in the 1980s, I’ll try to bring you back with this blog post. If you were fortunate to ride… Continue reading Rocky Point’s cool Whips!
He loomed large over the Rocky Point Park midway for about 21-years. A gap-toothed bumpkin from who knew where. Smiling at golfers beneath him, seemingly awaiting his turn at a tee with his 10-foot long club: a driver. Some called him Alfred E. Newman of Mad magazine fame. Others referred to him as Mortimer Snerd,… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Big Man On Midway
For those of us Rhode Islanders with children, a parental rite of passage is/was/will be a trip to Storyland in Glen, New Hampshire. My wife and I made the passage with our son in 1988. But when I was growing up in the 1960s, my parents had a shorter journey – to Storyland in Hyannis… Continue reading Once upon a time in Cape Cod